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20th Annual Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics

Advocacy and Resistance in a Divided Time

May 31-June 1, 2019

McCormick Theological Seminary

5460 S. University Ave. Chicago, IL 60615

You are invited to the 20th Annual Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics, featuring keynote speakers the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber and Rev. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. Drawing on their extensive experience building movements for social change, these speakers will address the pressing issues of our diverse communities, calling us to the work of advocacy and resistance.

In order to address these concerns locally, this conference uniquely places Chicago organizations working for justice alongside leading scholars making constructive use of the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Scholars will give presentations that introduce Bonhoeffer as a resource for thinking in new ways about a select number of issues, including racism, mass incarceration, gender justice and environmental justice. Representatives from local organizations will then lead workshops, providing training in practices relevant to the issues and opportunities for engagement in their on-going work.

This conference aims to serve laypersons, religious leaders, students and scholars from diverse faith communities in and beyond the Chicagoland area.

Plenary speakers include: J Kameron Carter, Lisa Dahill, Jennifer McBride, Jeffrey Pugh, Di Rayson, Reggie Williams

With workshops by: Faith in Place, Institute for Nonviolence Chicago, Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois, Live Oak Chicago.

You can register for the conference at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/20th-annual-bonhoeffer-lectures-in-public-ethics-tickets-53824756295

Your registration includes Friday evening keynote address, Saturday plenary presentations and workshops, and meals including Friday cocktail reception, and Saturday continental breakfast, lunch, and cocktail reception. This event is free for students but they must register online. General Admission ticket scholarships are available. For more information on scholarships please contact Matthew Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Lodging Options


Mention the “Bonhoeffer Conference” room block in order to get these discounted rates. Book by April 30, 2019 to reserve your room. If you are unable to find a room at these locations, please contact Courtney Jacobson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further options.


La Quinta Inn & Suites

4900A S. Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, IL 60615

Phone: +1 (773) 324 3000



Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) Housing

5434-5438 S. University Ave.

Chicago, IL 60615

More Information to come on how to book.

Catholic Theological Union (CTU) Housing

5401 S Cornell

Chicago, IL 60615

Phone: +1 (773) 371 5536

Contact: Nicholas


Parking is available for $5/day.

Cafeteria and complimentary washers and dryers located on the 1st floor.